After launching a makeup line last month, The Body Shop is back with a number of new skin care products. Amongst them are the Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask, British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner, Chinese Ginseng & Rice Toner and Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Powder. Out of the four, I have three products sent to me by the brand and I’ve been trying them out every day for the last 1.5 weeks. Here are my initial thoughts on these new launches.
Now that the first month of the new year is gone, how do you think 2018 is shaping up? For me, it actually started off pretty well. I spent the first week with my family at home and then, the next two weeks I was travelling, saw new places, met new people and learned new things. I feel 2018 is going to be a year of change for me especially in terms of work. Fingers crossed, everything will go well. Now, back to my January 2018 Beauty Favourites.
January 2018 Beauty Favourites
BH Cosmetics Gold Rush Eye & Cheek Palette –
I used this palette pretty much everyday last month. BH Cosmetics makes really good stuff at very reasonable prices and this palette is another of their gems. It has matte and shimmery eyeshadows, a pale pink highlighter, a peachy blush and a shimmery bronzer. It is great for travel and the colours are perfect for those with warm skin tones. Unfortunately, this was limited edition and is now sold out but BH Cosmetics has lots of similar palettes and you can definitely find one that you like.
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Dance With Me –
After a neutral lipstick phase, I am back to loving my reds once again. And my red of choice last month was an old favourite, Dance With Me. It is a deep pink-red with cool undertones and is one of the best shades in the Retro Matte range. Pigmentation is great, the colour looks good on everyone and it stays for nearly 6-7 hours.
Deborah Milano Divine Volume & Curves Mascara* –
This is my first mascara from Deborah Milano and I’m loving it. The mascara gives great length and volume to the lashes, it does not clump, the price is reasonable and the effect lasts for a long time. Recommended!
The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Moluccan Honey* –
I have written about this foundation and other new makeup products from The Body Shop Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0 in this post. I am loving this foundation. Gives great coverage and I love the natural finish.
Simple Kind to Skin Vitamin Night Cream –
I picked up this cream from Boots because I needed something extra to combat the freezing temperatures in London. Simple is a brand that really focuses on ‘simple’ skincare. All of their products are very gentle on the skin but they are extremely effective. Even though this is a night cream, I’ve used it as a day cream as well and what I like about it is the fact that the cream is not at all heavy. It absorbs into the skin immediately but provides hydration nearly all day and night long. I really hope this brand comes to India!
Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil –
One of all time favourite cleansing oils has been the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. I have found a very worthy competitor in the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil. Nearly half the price and just as effective as the Kiehl’s one. This oil takes off waterproof face and eye makeup in only one application and that is quite a feat. If you can get your hands on this, definitely give it a try.
The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Butter & Shower Gel –
The Vanilla Chai range is available only during the holiday season and I’ve been buying it every year since they launched it. I love the slightly spicy, vanilla fragrance and the thick body butter is great for winter.
That was my list of January favourites. I would love to read about yours. Do share in the comments below.
Happyyyy New Year pretty people!! Did you have a great celebration last night? I sure did chilling at home eating good food, drinking wine, and spending time with my family :). And today, so far, I am doing exactly the same things and loving it! I have a lot of hope for 2018 and I wish you all the very best of everything this year. It is said that if you start off a new year doing things you love, you will do it all through so here I am doing something I love. Blogging. And writing about something I love. Lipsticks. Specifically, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours. I have written about them multiple times on the blog and if you have read this post, you will know that they were one of my favorite liquid lipsticks of 2017.
I really like the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour formula now. When they were first launched, the formula was very drying but the brand has changed it up a bit since then and now it is a lot better. Excellent pigmentation, a flat matte finish and very good staying power are the reasons why I advocate these liquid lipsticks. And I also like the color palette. From neutral to dark colors, there’s something for everyone and it is also fun to mix and match. You can mix as many colors as you want to create your unique shade, you can do ombre lips and you can also them as eye shadow and blush.
I recently added five shades to my kitty thanks to MAC. Well, actually four because one shade I had already but I included that as well. So here goes.
5 MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Swatches
- Oh, Lady – Purple Wine
- Tailored to Tease – Bright Fuschia
- Simply Smoked – Brown Taupe
- So Me – Dark Rose
- Young Attitude – Blackened Teal
What is your favourite MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour? Do share in the comments below.
P.S – PR Samples
Nowadays, I find myself leaning more towards natural, organic and ayurvedic products for skin and hair care. We all know about the ill-effects of parabens and SLEs so I am trying to avoid them as much as I can. Recently, I was sent some products from the newly launched Ayurveda brand from Shesha Beauty, Ashtapathy, which has a range of coconut oil based shampoos and soaps.
About Shesha Beauty Ashtapathy Range
Harnessing tried and tested Ayurvedic beauty secrets is Ashtapathy. Ashtapathy Herbals is a herbal bath and body care brand from Kerala. In today’s times when purity in products is a rarity, Ashtapathy captures Ayurveda in its purest form and brings the same to you in a subtle way.
All of our products are prepared with the pure and potent coconut oil as the base. The entire range is free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, artificial perfumes and colour additives and are prepared from organically sourced medicinal herbs through a 100% natural process with the guidance of ancient Ayurveda scriptures. Ashtapathy Herbals also takes great pride in the fact that local women make up over 50% of our workforce and all the packaging etc are done through small groups of women across Kerala. We manufacture all products in our own plant at Cochin, Kerala.
For more information on the brand and to buy the products, check out their website sheshabeauty.com.
Bright lip colors and quirky packaging that spells 90’s nostalgia. That is the essence of the new Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte Masaba Lips collection.
Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte Masaba Lips
This is a limited edition collection of matte lip colors from the Lip Pout range that you cannot resist! It’s time to have some fun and indulge in these 10 vibrant shades inspired by the candies of the 90’s.
- Smokey Red
- Hot Chocolate
- Sugar N Spice
- Role A Cola
- Bubble Pink
- Orange Candy
- Caramel Toffee
- Cotton Candy
- Cherry Bite
- Hot Pink Queen
Price – Rs 750 for 3.7 gm